Rehearsal dinner invitations are usually necessary when the dinner is going to have more than 24 guests. Typical dinners usually consist of about a dozen members of the bride’s family and a dozen members of the groom’s family. Simply letting people know is sufficient. However, more guests than that require personalized, fun invitations.
The number of people invited to a wedding rehearsal can vary. There are some couples who invite only the wedding party and others make it a full-fledged party with lots of guest. If you are interested in having a wedding rehearsal dinner, the decision is completely yours. Regardless of how many guests you want to invite, you may want to send out a rehearsal dinner invitation to those you’d like to attend.
Rehearsal dinner invitations often feature images of a cake, a plate with a knife and fork, a feast, a champagne bottle, or any common dinner setting. It rarely features a picture of the bride and groom because the dinner is the main focus of the rehearsal dinner. It’s a time of camaraderie and companionship prior to the big day. The key with rehearsal dinner invitations is simplicity. It just doesn’t do to have an envelope, ribbon, or return note. Stay simple with a single card, and make sure that’s it colorful and festive so it stands out in the mail. The rehearsal dinner should be about fun, not formality. In fact, its whole purpose is to contrast the formality of the rehearsal just prior to it and the wedding that follows.
If you are the host of a wedding rehearsal party, you are encouraged to at least considered sending out invitations to the event. Receiving a wedding rehearsal dinner invitation is often unexpected, but greatly appreciated by many individuals and on many levels.
I don’t mean just the menu, but the whole event. Some couples may want a formal multi-course meal with a large guest list; others may want a quiet and cozier celebration. By talking with them, you can see if what they want is what you can afford and adapt accordingly. Even though it may be your party to plan, it is after all their celebration. So work together with the kids and with some careful planning you can host the dinner of their dreams.